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commissioner fung: that is not the first time we have heard it at this board. commissioner garcia: i do not think we have the authority to require the appellant to pay something. i hope that when they go out, they will have some discussion, realize the board is reluctant to have the offense day as it is, knowing that ms. fleming offered to pay for an alteration. for you all to discuss that, you have two weeks to do that, and what this board would like is if you would come back and present to us a compromise that was reached and we were not required to have any more deliberation or get overly involved over neighbor issues. commissioner fung: if there is no compromise accepted, we will have to deal with it. vice president goh: two weeks is november 3, and we have something like 12 cases.
november 17 we have 10, and i think a couple of those are big ones, right? i mean, we can put it to two weeks, but we are continuing a case to a very late night and we could also just take a vote and see where we land. commissioner garcia: why don't we give you the holidays to mull it over? president peterson: while ms. fleming is living with the shadow of lawn? commissioner garcia: we are going into the wintertime. we are trying to help you out. we have upset the permit holder and i think the permit holder is asking the commission -- president peterson: i want to make a recommendation. i am inclined to adjust the fence with latticework and have the permit holder pay for it. every time you come up, that is where i am more inclined to go. you are welcome to come up if you have something to address. vice president goh: i agree with
the president. >> commissioners, i might add that if the parties to reach an agreement prior to the date to which you can continue this matter, they are free to include in that agreement that the matter be withdrawn. commissioner garcia: sorry to go so far out, but i would recommend that we go further out, the we go beyond the holidays and hope that in that time both sides, or at least the permit holder, has calmed down and realized this is her neighbor. she is going to be a neighbor hopefully for a long time. that fence is a considerable intrusion on her enjoyment of for yard. is that all right, commissioner fung, for your motion to go all the way to january? commissioner fung: i was thinking we could move it to december 8. our caseload is not that great. commissioner garcia: i would
certainly go for that. commissioner fung: i will move that we continue this to december 8 with the understanding that some discussion occurs. if a compromise cannot be reached, then this board will deal with this. >> to be clear, there will be no additional briefing or additional testimony other than a response on how the settlement negotiations have proceeded. commissioner fung: that is correct. president peterson: if you could call the roll on that. >> the motion is from commissioner fung to continue this matter to december 8. the hearing is held and closed to allow time for the parties to conduct settlement discussions. no additional briefing. unless they have a planned
>> there has been an acknowledgement of the special places around san francisco bay. well, there is something sort of innate in human beings, i think, that tend to recognize a good spot when you see it, a spot that takes your breath away. this is one of them. >> an icon of the new deal. >> we stood here a week ago and we heard all of these dignitaries talk about the symbol that coit tower is for
san francisco. it's interesting for those of us in the pioneer park project is trying to make the point that not only the tower, not only this man-built edifice here is a symbol of the city but also the green space on which it sits and the hill to which is rests. to understand them, you have to understand the topography of san francisco. early days of the city, the city grows up in what is the financial district on the edge of chinatown. everything they rely on for existence is the golden gate. it's of massive importance to the people what comes in and out of san francisco bay. they can't see it where they are. they get the idea to build a giant wooden structure. the years that it was up here, it gave the name telegraph hill. it survived although the structure is long gone. come to the 1870's and the city has growed up remarkably.
it's fueled with money from the nevada silver mines and the gold rush. it's trying to be the paris of the west. now the beach is the suburbs, the we will their people lived on the bottom and the poorest people lived on the top because it was very hard getting to the top of telegraph hill. it was mostly lean-to sharks and bits of pieces of houses up here in the beginning. and a group of 20 businessmen decided that it would be better if the top of the hill remained for the public. so they put their money down and they bought four lots at the top of the hill and they gave them to the city. lily hitchcock coit died without leaving a specific use for her bequest. she left a third of her estate for the beautify indication of the city. arthur brown, noted architect in the city, wanted for a while to build a tower. he had become very interested in persian towers. it was the 1930's. it was all about machinery and
sort of this amazing architecture, very powerful architecture. he convinced the rec park commission that building a tower in her memory would be the thing to do with her money. >> it was going to be a wonderful observation place because it was one of the highest hills in the city anywhere and that that was the whole reason why it was built that high and had the elevator access immediately from the beginning as part of its features. >> my fear's studio was just down the street steps. we were in a very small apartment and that was our backyard. when they were preparing the site for the coit tower, there was always a lot of harping and griping about how awful progress was and why they would choose this beautiful pristine area to do them in was a big
question. as soon as the coit tower was getting finished and someone put in the idea that it should be used for art, then, all of a sudden, he was excited about the coit tower. it became almost like a daily destination for him to enjoy the atmosphere no matter what the politics, that wasn't the point. as long as they fit in and did their work and did their own creative expression, that was all that was required. they turned in their drawings. the drawings were accepted. if they snuck something in, well, there weren't going to be any stoolies around. they made such careful little diagrams of every possible little thing about it as though
that was just so important and that they were just the big frog. and, actually, no one ever felt that way about them and they weren't considered something like that. in later life when people would approach me and say, well, what did you know about it? we were with him almost every day and his children, we grew up together and we didn't think of him as a commie and also the same with the other. he was just a family man doing normal things. no one thought anything of what he was doing. some of them were much more highly trained. it shows, in my estimation, in the murals. this was one of the masterpieces. families at home was a lot more close to the life that i can
remember that we lived. murals on the upper floors like the children playing on the swings and i think the little deer in the forest where you could come and see them in the woods and the sports that were always available, i think it did express the best part of our lives. things that weren't costing money to do, you would go to a picnic on the beach or you would do something in the woods. my favorite of all is in the staircase. it's almost a miracle masterpiece how he could manage to not only fit everyone, of course, a lot of them i recognized from my childhood -- it's how he juxtaposed and managed to kind of climb up that stairway on either side very much like you are walking down a street.
it was incredible to do that and to me, that is what depicted the life of the times in san francisco. i even like the ones that show the industrial areas, the once with the workers showing them in the cannery and i can remember going in there and seeing these women with the caps, with the nets shuffling these cans through. my parents had a ranch in santa rosa and we went there all summer. i could see these people leaning over and checking. it looked exactly like the beautiful things about the ranch. i think he was pretty much in the never look back philosophy about the coit. i don't think he ever went to visit again after we moved from telegraph hill, which was only five or six years later.
i don't think he ever had to see it when the initials are scratched into everything and people had literally destroyed the lower half of everything. >> well, in my view, the tower had been pretty much neglected from the 1930's up until the 1980's. it wasn't until then that really enough people began to be alarmed about the condition of the murals, the tower was leaking. some of the murals suffered wear damage. we really began to organize getting funding through the arts commission and various other sources to restore the murals. they don't have that connection or thread or maintain that connection to your history and your past, what do you have? that's one of the major elements of what makes quality of life in san francisco so incredible.
when people ask me, and they ask me all the time, how do you get to coit tower, i say you walk. that's the best way to experience the gradual elevation coming up above the hustle and bustle of the city and finding this sort of oasis, if you will, at the top of the hill. when i walk through this park, i look at these brick walls and this lawn, i look at the railings around the murals. i look at the restoration and i think, yeah, i had something to do with that. learning the lessons, thank you, landmarks meet landmarks. the current situation at pioneer park and coit tower is really based in public and private partnership. it was the citizens who came together to buy the land to keep it from being developed. it was lily hitchcock coit to
give money to the city to beautify the city she loved of the park project worked to develop this south side and still that's the basis of our future project to address the future project to address the north side. i'm starving. what's for breakfast? guten tag! kids: johannes brahms?! i bring you arts-enriched raisin brahms,
fortified with increased test scores and creative problem solving skills. it's good! ...and good for you. bobby? suzy? don't worry. that's just the power of the arts. announcer: feed your kids the arts. for ten simple ways to learn how, visit americansforthearts.org >> i like to welcome you to the multipurpose room. we did a ribbon cutting with the -- on friday. it houses the health center and child development center. this is a gorgeous green building and we are happy to be in this building to make a
special announcement. many of you have already heard what was embargoed for about one month. i have to say that to have the superintendent and the mayor keep this quiet for a month and a half has been working for them. we are very excited to be here this morning, to make a special announcement. one of the core values of the administration, they are reaching out in more. -- more places than i can mention to make certain to leverage every possible resource that we have to make things right for our children in san francisco. this will continue with the mayor's office and the school district, and with the city college. and then with san francisco state. we are very proud to be here
today to leverage more resources to make certain that our children get exactly what they deserve. i was wanting to acknowledge a few people that are here. the president and the board of trustees is here, thank you, milton. natalie bird and steve no. he has been working with us, sylvia yee as well as eric mcdonald and -- from the united way. lisa spinelli from colemand advocates, and they are strong advocates of this. thank you. i am hydra mendosa, the education adviser and a vice president of the board of education.
parent of two children in the school district. one is a high schooler. thank you and join me in welcoming gavin newsom. >> thank you for all of your leadership and hard work and taking the time to be here. this is an innovation center. paul the dreamers and the doers, this is a multi-purpose and multi dimensional. faint you. this is good work and you should keep this going, and thank you very much for being here, even if you do not want to be here. you are doing good work. helping us to get to this next level.
we're wanting to help and this is what this is all about. this is the time of declining resources. what you do is you have a press conference asking the world to change. and did you say, when i was younger things were better. you'll be able to win on this. you just point fingers and give responsibility. or, you could take the obligation to say that i am is part of the solution. by definition, i am part of the problem. you cannot live a good life in the just society. -- in the unjust society. what are you going to do about this? this is what is always short changed. what we have tried to do it in
san francisco is to answer this question. they say that we will take over school districts and this will solve problems. this may work in some cities but did not understand this. i ask what you will do when you take this over? and then they do not have an answer. just because they are in control, somehow things are going to change. and what are you specifically going to do? we decided that this was a solution and when we actually spoke to one another about this, we realize we had more in common than we thought. we had the same, fundamental values. it began with a different partnerships and coming together, in this case in a public partnership. we do not talk enough about public partnerships, community
organizations coming together. the unified school district and the capacity-building. leveraging the resources. not just using these conditions, as the opportunity to make better decisions. that is not the decisions that affect the future -- if you do not like the way that things are, you should do something about it. you can ask a better question. we have a partnership with the public schools and universal preschool. we are talking about this and if you want to get serious about this and the achievement gap, but you have to begin at the beginning. and then we said, we have to
supplement everything because everyone is so upset about this but what will we do about this? we're providing the resources for comprehensive education. we want to help the students with physical health. and we realize this is not enough. the wellness center is have a ball. with her work and the work of other people in the department, partnering with the public schools. this is the only one that we have in the state of california. we allocate enough resources that at the end of the year, this will be 97%. this is not just universal preschool. we recognize that we have to do more in terms of creating this culture. we started the san francisco
promise. we did this with public partnership, for sentences the state university. we have the foundation, helping to fund this and we had a significant of guarantees. >> people thought that we were full of this and you cannot commit to this promise because you cannot deliver. we had a subsequent graduation. we have a subsequent graduation of sixth graders. many of the people delivering on this promise are in this room. we are proud of this and we also want to step this up by building on the great work that the people are doing. nine or 10 years of improved test scores, for african-
american and latino outcome. and probably, none of you understood this. this was just amazing to me. we do not generate enough controversy. you can blame the unions and says that you wore a reformer. we are not just blaming people again. one of the top 10 cities -- one of the top 10 cities that has been identified as the city of reform for education, this is not just new york. this is not just denver. this is also san francisco, one of the top cities in the united states of america. building partnerships and not scapegoating, working together. i am not proud that this has not been recognized. all this work hasu#lrw)y been de quietly. we saw that this year with
hillary clinton. the literally took this from her. she did not know about this. we were promoting this with the clinton foundation. she was promoting this when she was first running for president. i saw this in some speech and i was so inspired that i said this did not have to be a national program. i was wondering to know why we could not do this ourselves. i think just because this was my idea. this year, the leadership -- they actually delivered the resources as we are doing accounts for kindergarten. every child in public schools is given a trust fund. this is the kindergarten.
families did not have any access to a savings account. you can imagine that their %,(ç=ktchildren now have sometht they could not have dreamed of for their entire life. if you want to get serious about poverty, you have to get this out of business by providing alternatives. this is as good as it gets. %#yquyñyou have this great collaborative. we had not aligned our strategies with the great work at the community colleges. with 910on people1 campuses. we tend to focus on this as critical and?jttw>ñ important ae institutions are. the